COLOSSIANS 3:1-15

THE MEN’S GROUP BIBLICAL EQUIPPING – JUNE 1, 2005

So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth, 3for you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4When Christ who is your life is revealed, then you also will be revealed with him in glory. 5 Put to death, therefore, whatever in you is earthly: fornication, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed (which is idolatry). 6On account of these the wrath of God is coming on those who are disobedient. 7These are the ways you also once followed, when you were living that life. 8 But now you must get rid of all such things—anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive language from your mouth. 9Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have stripped off the old self with its practices 10and have clothed yourselves with the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge according to the image of its creator. 11In that renewal there is no longer Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and free; but Christ is all and in all! 12 As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. 13Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful.

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St. Matthews Emmaus Groups Bibilcal Equipping – Spring 2005

COLOSSIANS 3:1-15
THE MEN’S GROUP BIBLICAL EQUIPPING – JUNE 1, 2005 Background Writer: Date: Paul. 60 A.D.

What’s Going On: Located about 100 miles east of Ephesus, Colossae was a GraecoPhrygian city in the Roman proconsular of Asia also known as Asia Minor. It was one of three cities located in the Lycus Valley (Colossae, Hierapolis, and Laodicea) that formed an important trade route, a virtual meeting point between east and west. Colossae was about ten miles from Laodicea and thirteen miles from Hierapolis. At one time Colossae had been a large and populous city, but when Paul wrote to the Colossian church, it had become just a small town in contrast to its nearest neighbors, Hierapolis and Laodicea. Without a doubt Colossae was the least important church to which any epistle of Paul is addressed. It had fallen under some false doctrine which minimized the role of Christ. Paul tried to correct this with his letter. Colossians presents the all-supremacy, the all-sufficiency, the uniqueness, and the fullness of the person and work of Jesus Christ as the God-man Savior, the Creator and Sustainer of the universe and the total solution for man’s needs both for time and eternity. It is a cosmic book, presenting the cosmic Christ: the Creator/Sustainer who is also the one and only Redeemer/Reconciler of the universe.

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St. Matthews Emmaus Groups Bibilcal Equipping – Spring 2005

COLOSSIANS 3:1-15
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What jumps out at you about this passage? What does Paul mean in v 3: “you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God?” What does “clothed yourself with the new self” mean in v 10?

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What is this passage trying to convince us to do? Where do you come out in this discussion? To what degree Is your life in Christ hidden? How much have you clothed yourself with your new self? With compassion? What kind of renewal have you experienced during this covenant? What are your renewal plans for the summer?

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